Perhaps the most explosive AEW Dynamite EVER!
A Tornado Tag brimming with aggression, a 10 Man Tag that’s just as heated, and THREE championship matches in one night! Could this be the wildest Wednesday in AEW history?
- 10 Man Tag: The Inner Circle VS Best Friends, Orange Cassidy & Jurassic Express; Best Friends, Cassidy & Jurassic Express win.
- AEW TNT Championship: Cody Rhodes VS Warhorse; Cody wins and retains the AEW TNT Championship.
- AEW World Tag Team Championships: Kenny Omega & Hangman Page VS The Dark Order’s Evil Uno & Stu Grayson; Omega & Page win and retain the AEW World Tag Team Championships.
AEW Women’s World Championship:Hikaru Shida VS Diamante; Shida wins.
- No Disqualification Tornado Tag: Jon Moxley & Darby Allin VS Brian Cage & Ricky Starks w/ Taz; Moxley & Allin win.
PLAY BY PLAY
10 Man Tag: The Inner Circle VS Best Friends, Orange Cassidy & Jurassic Express!
Le Champion leads his legion into battle in an opener worthy of a main event! They’ve had issues with Trent, Chuck Taylor, Jungle Boy, Luchasaurus and Freshly Squeezed over admittedly small things, but it’s escalated to this! Which side wins this 5v5 tag war?
The groups sort out, the Jericho shows Cassidy what he did to that $7000 white suit jacket and starts against Cassidy. But then Jericho tags out to Jake Hager! The Big Hurt steps to Cassidy, and Cassidy unleashes the shin kicks! Hager swings, Cassidy dodges but Hager reels him in and whips. Cassidy ducks and unleashes more heel kicks! Hager throws Cassidy to a corner! Then picks him up and shouts, “What’re you gonna do now, huh?!” Cassidy takes his hands out of his pockets to ear clap Hager! And dropkick him down! Cassidy kips up, puts hands back in his pockets, and Jericho tags in. Cassidy dodges Hager but Jericho DECKS him! The teams empty the corners and it’s chaos! The ref tries to restore order but things spill out of the ring!
Jericho goes after Trent but Trent dumps him out. Santana CHOPS Trent down, the pron skirt falls as Chuck throws Santana out. Trent back drops Ortiz up and over then mule kicks Jericho. Trent helps Chuckie FLY to take out some, then Trent MOONSAULTS to get the rest! Best Friends clear space, Santana rocks Luchasaurus. Luchasaurus helps Jungle Boy hit a FLYING-RANA! Stunt comes in, is the human weapon, JURASSIC TOSS! Hager catches Stunt and trophy tosses him back! Luchasaurus catches Stunt and uses him as a backpack for the LEAP! Stunt is the only one standing and he’s fired up about it! The crowd loves “A E DUB!” as Cassidy gets back in the ring. Cassidy “fires” himself up and builds “speed” to take out his sunglasses! GROUP HUG!
Sammy leaps in, but misses everyone! Now he’s surrounded! Cassidy Sweet Shin Music, and then it’s just a mugging! They whip Sammy to a corner, Luchasaurus corner splashes! JB adds a clothesline! Chuckie adds his own clothesline, Trent runs in but Hager DECKS him! Hager drags Trent over and Jericho rains down rights! Jericho drags Trent up, back suplex! Jericho runs to kick Trent down then tags Hager back in. Hager puts Trent in the corner and fires off body shots! Tag to Santana, the Inner Circle mugs Trent and CHOPS him down! Santana brings Trent up, whips him again but Trent holds ropes. Trent throws Santana out but Santana trips and drags him out. Trent dodges Santana but Ortiz hits a DDT! Santana hits a GERMAN SUPLEX!
Ortiz shouts “We’re the best!” as he and Santana bring Trent back up. Trent is put in, Santana drags him up for a suplex! Tag to Jericho and the entire Inner Circle gets in to mug Trent! The ref has to keep Trent’s team back before reprimanding all the Inner Circle members. Jericho brings Trent up, rocks him with haymakers, then CHOPS him! Jericho whips, Trent boots back! Trent hops up and missile dropkicks! Both men are down, the crowd fires up, hot tag to Ortiz! Ortiz clubs Trent down then stands on him while taunting the others. Tag to Santana, Proud ‘n’ Powerful double suplex Trent, then step stool standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Santana keeps Trent down, tags Hager in and the mugging continues.
Hager ROCKS Trent then tags in Sammy. They stomp Trent, mug him with big knees, then Sammy covers. TWO, but Sammy keeps on Trent with a facelock. Sammy fireman’s carries, does some squats to show off, then hits the Samoan Drop! Cover, GHOST PIN! TWO, Sammy CLOBBERS Trent down! Tag to Hager, he wraps Trent up in a chicken wing and chinlock. Trent endures as the crowd rallies up. Trent fights up but Hager clubs him into the Inner Circle cover. Tag to Ortiz, Ortiz brings Trent up to stomp a mudhole! Tag to Hager, Jericho gets cheap shots in, Hager snapmares Trent to knee him in the back. Hager returns to the chinlock and chicken wing but the crowd keeps rallying.
Trent fights up, fights back, but Hager shoves him. Trent boots back and fights out of the corner, into Hager’s TOSS! Hager goes after everyone but Luchasaurus on the other end, then drags Trent back up. Hager taunts Luchasaurus but Trent SAIDOS! Both men are down and the crowd fires up! Trent and Hager crawl, hot tags to Sammy and Luchasaurus! The Spanish God gets CLOBBERED, PNP aren’t enough to hold Luchasaurus back, and Luchasaurus BOOTS Jericho down! CHOPS for PNP, they CHOP back, but he double clotheslines them down! The crowd is thunderous for Luchasaurus as he has Sammy in the choke grip. Hager come sin so Luchasaurus throws haymakers with him!
Luchasaurus rams Hager into the corner, has to worry about his dino mask, but still throws body shots! Luchasaurus runs, but Hager LARIATS him! Orange Cassidy SUPER PUNCHES Hager! PNP get Cassidy for the POWERBOMB to KNEE! Trent gets Santana, SOLE FOOD HALF ‘N’ HALF! Ortiz goes after Trent, gets SEXY CHUCKIE KNEE! PSYCHO KNEE! Jericho gives Trent CODE BREAKER! JB gives Jericho a BACKSTABBER! Sammy KNEES JB down, torture racks, G T H! TAIL WHIP from Luchasaurus! The Spinning Lizard takes Sammy down but the ref is busy checking on the others that she doesn’t see Jericho fetch Floyd the baseball bat! But Cassidy does and stops that! Cassidy whips Jericho over railing!
Luchasaurus grabs Sammy, for the choke- NO! Sammy pops out of the slam, mule kicks a leg and SHINING WIZARDS Luchasaurus down! Sammy climbs up, but someone’s music distracts him. It’s MATT HARDY! Hardy shoves Sammy off the top, Luchasaurus grabs him, CHOKE SLAM ZILLA! SPINNING BUZZSAW! Cover, Jurassic Express and friends win!!
Winners: Best Friends, Orange Cassidy & Jurassic Express, by pinfall
V1 Hardy helps turn the tide at the last minute! Hardy “welcomes” Sammy back, will they finally settle their own score?
Jon Moxley speaks.
“I try to stay out of people’s business, I really do.” Moxley has a rule: If people leave him alone, he leaves them alone; if they don’t, he doesn’t. He thought his issues with Brian Cage were over, but then Cage had to go “put a beat down on my little compadre, Darby Allin, a kid half your size, and you didn’t even do it alone.” What would that say about Mox if he stood by and let it happen? He’d be a “punk b*tch,” wouldn’t he? Speaking of those, Ricky Starks has fallen in with the wrong crowd. Must feel so tough going 2v1. Let’s see how they like it when the odds are even. Moxley doesn’t start fights, but he always finishes them. Will it be finished between Mox and Cage tonight?
AEW TNT Championship: Cody Rhodes VS Warhorse!
The American Nightmare is giving an incredible opportunity to a rising star from the indies! But part of the challenge is to see how long Warhorse even lasts. Will he make the most of his 15 minutes of fame?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the biggest match in Warhorse’s career begins!
Cody circles with Warhorse and they tie up. Cody waistlocks, Warhorse pries free to standing switch, but Cody gets the ropes. Warhorse lets off clean and the two reset. Cody and Warhorse circle, they tie up, Cody wrenches to a wristlock. Warhorse rolls, rolls and kicks! Cody gets after Warhorse, puts him in a corner, but holds back on the chop to pat Warhorse on the shoulders. Warhorse CHOPS Cody on the back! And then CHOPS the front! Warhorse whips corner to corner, Cody goes up and around to sunset flip, but Warhorse slips out to high stack! TWO, Cody runs into an arm-drag! Warhorse has the arm but Cody gets to his feet. Cody scoops but Warhorse arm-drags again!
Warhorse cranks on the arm, Cody gets to his feet again, but Warhorse wrenches to a shoulder breaker. Cody wrenches through, whips but Warhorse reverses. Cody ducks and hurdles but Warhorse dodges and whips. Cody bails out to avoid another arm-drag. Cody is frustrated but coach Arn Anderson cools him off. Cody gets back to the ring, circles with Warhorse again, and Cody gets around to a waistlock then headlock. Cody hits the headlock takeover, Warhorse headscissors back but Cody pops out. Cody headlocks again, Warhorse powers out and both men run the ropes. Warhorse redirects to CLOBBER Cody! Cover, TWO! Warhorse head bangs while Cody bails out and AEW goes picture in picture, #CodyHorse.
The ref keeps Warhorse from pursuing Cody and Cody slowly returns to the ring. Warhorse knees Cody low, headbutts him down, and brings Cody back up. Warhorse headbutts Cody down again! Cody sits up but Warhorse is on him first for a back suplex. Cody lands on his feet and drop toeholds Warhorse into buckles! Cody comes back to ROCK Warhorse with a forearm, then hoists Warhorse up top. Cody ROCKS Warhorse again, climbs up to join him, and brings him up for a SUPERPLEX! Warhorse writhes but Cody covers, TWO! Cody keeps his cool by doing some push-ups. Cody goes after Warhorse’s leg and slams it on the mat! And then stomps it down!
Cody puts the leg on the ropes to springboard and stomp it! Warhorse scrambles away in pain but Cody stalks after him. Warhorse tries to kick back but Cody stomps him down. Cody drags Warhorse up to scoop and slam down, then cover with a knee to the face. TWO as Warhorse refuses to stop. Cody stomps Warhorse, grabs the leg and turns Warhorse for a Half Crab! AEW returns to single picture as Warhorse endures and the crowd duels! Cody sits deep but Warhorse endures! Warhorse crawls to the ropebreak! Cody lets go at 4, grabs the legs again, and goes for the Figure Four, only for Warhorse to turn it instantly! Cody endures now, crawls and gets a ropebreak of his own!
Both men slowly rise, Cody drags Warhorse up but Warhorse dropkicks him away! Warhorse runs in to corner clothesline, then runs to hit another one! Warhorse whips Cody to ropes, Cody reverses, but Warhorse slides under to CHOP, back elbow and DISCUS! Warhorse has the arms for Danielson Stomps! Warhorse fires up with the crowd as he heads to a corner. He reaches the top rope but Cody bails out again. Warhorse hops down to DOUBLE STOMP Cody down! The ref starts a ring count, Warhorse puts Cody in and climbs back up. Warhorse aims, leaps, MACHO ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives and Warhorse can’t believe it! The crowd is thunderous as Warhorse brings Cody back up. But Cody Alabama Slams back! Jackknife cover, TWO!
Arn coaches Cody as Warhorse stirs. Cody drags Warhorse around by his leg, steps through, but Warhorse cradle counters! TWO, Cody sunset flips but Warhorse sits on it! TWO!! Cody walks into a body shot! Warhorse throws haymakers, Cody runs corner to corner but gets a boot! Warhorse climbs up top again, but Cody gets under the leap! Warhorse’s leg jams, Cody dropkicks it out! Step through, FIGURE FOUR- No! Warhorse blocks! Cody kicks Warhorse and gets it in! Cody bridges, Warhorse taps, Cody wins!
Winner: Cody Rhodes, by submission (still AEW TNT Champion)
An incredible fight from the independent star, but the American Nightmare found a way to finish him off! But wait, the Dark Order attacks?! Warhorse gets Cody clear as Numbers 3 & 4, John Silver & Alex Reynolds, get into the ring! Silver and Reynolds go after Warhorse, kick him out, then go after Cody! Arn gets in and squares up with them! But wait, is that…?! MATT CARDONA! WOO WOO WOO, he starts clobbering the Numbers! Reynolds throws hands but Cardona shoves and knees him back. ROUGH RYDER! Silver gets in, to get one, too! Cardona clotheslines Reynolds out and has the ring! The crowd loves having the Long Island #StrongIsland in AEW!
AEW returns with Tony Schiavone on stage.
Tony hypes up September 5th, ALL OUT 2020! But wait, The Inner Circle comes out to interrupt this announcement because they are furious! Shut the music off and shut your mouths! Jericho and his team are furious given what happened the last month. They’re going to draw lines in the sand and issue ultimatums! Isn’t that right, Sammy? Yeah! Matt Hardy, that son of a b*tch, cost Sammy his first match back! This is NOT over! What’s son of a b*tch in Spanish? “Son of el b*tch.” Exactly.
And Orange Cassidy has been causing issues ever since Jericho beat him. Cassidy wants the rematch? Here’s a rematch! Two weeks from tonight, 8/12, there WILL be a rematch “of one of the greatest matches in AEW history!” Jericho VS Cassidy II! And when Jericho wins again, Cassidy will repay Jericho $7000 for ruining this jacket. What color is this jacket? Orange. Yes, it’s even more orange than before! It’s because of that demon orange juice Cassidy dumped on Jericho! Jericho will get revenge for that on 8/12, but next week, 8/5, “face to face,” Jericho challenges Cassidy to a debate! With a special guest moderator who will blow our minds.
But why a debate? Because not only will Jericho beat Cassidy physically, he will beat Cassidy up mentally as “one of the best orators of all time.” Jericho is the DEMO GOD! A debate, a rematch, and Cassidy will be exposed as a “filthy piece of trash.” Does it still smell like orange juice? Santana says it’s moving closer to cat pee… NOOO!! Ortiz emphasizes it’s like cat pee! Will Jericho get his revenge both mentally and physically against Freshly Squeezed?
AEW shares footage of a contract signing.
The official contracts for FTR, Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood, are on the table! They have their lawyer, and are ready to sign on the dotted line to one day become AEW World Tag Team Champions. Arn Anderson comes in as a tag team consultant and sits with Tony, the lawyers, and “the greatest team in the world.” Arn double checks the contract, making sure FTR knows about the rules so that they may follow them. 10 second rule on double teaming, must use tag ropes, and so on. What’s this one here? They whisper behind the papers, and agree to this. Also in the contract is Tony Khan’s promise that on 8/12, FTR gets the one night “Tag Team Appreciation Night” segment, as hosted by them. That’s all they need to hear, and they sign away.
Hangman Page comes by to check on FTR. Now it’s official, because they can drink to it! Some whiskey for everyone, even Tony. Arn will have to pass. Hangman really loads his up… Not the cheap stuff, wow. Gets in the nostrils. And Hangman realizes he did pour too much. No but it’s good, though. Cheers to the newest signings to the AEW Tag Division! Will FTR ride alongside The Cowboy and The Enforcer?
AEW World Tag Team Championships: Kenny Omega & Hangman Page VS The Dark Order’s Evil Uno & Stu Grayson!
Speaking of Hangman, he and The Cleaner are about to face the still undefeated and still highly motivated original members of AEW’s resident cult! Uno and Grayson finally get a shot at the tag titles, will they hit the mark? Or will Omega and Hangman pull off some Best Bout Cowboy Sh*t to deny them the gold?
An interesting detail to note, Anna Jay has returned! It seems she did #JoinDarkOrder, but what Number is she? As for this highly anticipated match, the champions will make their way out, after the break!
AEW returns as Hangman makes his entrance, followed by Omega. Cabana is on commentary and thanks Brodie for that opportunity. Wait, Hangman fires off on Uno and Stu before Omega is even down the ramp! The ref tries to restore order and Omega realizes what’s happening! Omega runs in and gets Hangman to let off. The teams cool off and sort out, and Uno goes after Omega! Uno bumps Omega off buckles and CHOPS him in the Dark Order corner. Uno BOOTS, Stu holds Omega in place for a mugging! The crowd boos and Uno runs to back elbow Omega. Tag to Stu, Uno scoops Omega and Stu springboards, elbow drop sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO!
Stu drags Omega up, Omega throws forearms and CHOPS back! Omega CHOPS more, Stu kicks low and whips, but Omega reverses. Uno saves Stu and Stu boots back! But Omega runs back and BOOTS Uno for it! Stu mule kicks Omega, whips Omega but Omega reverses. Omega tilt-o-whirl backbreakers Stu and the Bucks are spotted watching from the crowd. Omega tags Hangman in and they double whip Stu. They double kick, kick and run to boot and KOTARO KRUSHER! Standing Shooting Star! Cover, TWO! Hangman keeps on Stu and tags Omega back in. Omega springboards to ax handle Stu down!
Uno runs in, Omega dodges and Hangman CHOPS! Omega CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, repeat! Uno covers up but gets a CHOP to the back! Then DOUBLE DOUBLE CHOPS! The crowd fires up as Omega and Hangman high ten. Brodie paces while Anna Jay stares intensely. Stu clubs Omega from behind and the ref tells Hangman to go back to his corner. SCU’s Frankie Kazarian is spotted watching this match as Stu whips Omega to the corner. Stu pie faces Hangman while Uno gets a cheap shot! Stu runs in, Omega goes up and over, Uno and Hangman tag in! Hangman dodges Uno and BOOTS him down! Then he triangle lariats Stu down! Uno kicks low, whips but Hangman reverses to reel him in, for a FALL AWAY SLAM!
Hangman kips up and DECKS Stu to then dodge and clothesline Uno out! The crowd fires up as Hangman PESCADOS! Stu takes the hit, but Uno POSTS Hangman down! Omega runs over but gets thrown into barriers! Uno dusts himself off while he regroups with Stu. Brodie feels better about what’s going on as Uno covers. TWO, but Uno keeps on Hangman with elbows to the head. Uno pulls on the fingers and BITES! The ref counts, Uno lets up and tags in Stu. The Dark Order double CHOP Hangman in a corner, then Uno RAMS Stu into Hangman’s stomach! Stu snapmares and runs to Penalty KICK! Cover, ONE, but Stu tries again, ONE! The crowd rallies up as Stu brings Hangman up. Hangman shoves, Stu knees and whips to elbow Hangman down!
Stu keeps Hangman from Omega and tags in Uno. The Dark Order mug Hangman, Stu digs his fingers in and Uno throws forearms. Uno brings Hangman out to suplex, but Hangman fights back! Stu tags in, Uno gets Hangman up for Stu to ROUNDHOUSE into the suplex! Cover, Omega breaks it up! Omega stomps away on Stu before he backs off, but Stu drags Hangman away. Stu stomps Hangman more then brings him up, only for Hangman to CHOP back! AEW goes picture in picture as Stu powers Hangman to the Dark Order corner, #DOvsELITE.
Uno tags in, the Dark Order mugs Hangman and Uno CLAWS Hangman’s chest! The ref reprimands but Uno throws haymakers on Hangman. Uno digs his boot into Hangman’s chin but lets up at the count of 4. Stu chokes Hangman during the distraction! Uno drags Hangman up, but Hangman fights back! Hangman throws elbows and fists, then forearm after forearm on Uno. Uno chop blocks Hangman before he can reach Omega! Uno drags Hangman away, tags in Stu, and Stu drops knees on Hangman’s head! Stu mocks Hangman’s pain before he pushes Hangman to the apron. Stu digs his boots in, tags Uno and then slingshot sentons to the apron! Uno takes a bow on behalf of The Dark Order, Stu gets a cheap shot, and Uno drags Hangman up.
Uno elbows Hangman, tags Stu, but Hangman fights back again! Hangman DECKS Uno but Stu CHOPS back! Stu whips Hangman, Hangman catches him for a scoop slam! Hangman wobbles around and tags in Omega! Omega rallies on Stu with big Polish hammers! Stu ducks the discus to mule kick and whip. Omega reverse, fireman’s carries, “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” AEW returns single picture for the Rolling Senton and moonsault! Cover, TWO! Omega keeps his cool as he drags Stu back up. Full nelson, but Stu denies the Dragon Suplex! Uno tags in and JABS Omega! Uno elbows Omega’s head, Dark Order double whips but Hangman tags in before Omega kicks Uno away! Omega boots Stu’s punch away, then V-TRIGGERS!
Uno runs into a waistlock, elbows out hard, but Hangman comes in for the rolling elbow! Omega pops Uno up to Hangman’s GERMAN! Hangman fires up, tags Omega back in, and they focus on Stu. “This is Awesome!” as hangman corner clotheslines. Omega back elbows, then feeds Stu to Hangman’s pop up. Stu huricanranas out of the bomb, but Omega runs in. The V-Trigger misses, Stu CHOPS! Stu whips. Omega reverses, Stu FLIES out onto Hangman!! Uno BOOTS Omega down! Uno goes up top fast, leaps, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Stu tags in and the Dark Order focus on Omega. Pop up to Electric Chair, toss to a BOMB!! Cover, Hangman breaks it in time! The crowd fires up again while Brodie paces.
Uno and Stu mug Hangman and put him in the corner. They bring Omega over but Omega fights them off. Omega rocks each of them with forearms and elbows! Uno goes down but Stu KNEES Omega! Omega falls back into Uno’s kangaroo kick, “GET OVER HERE!” Stu OVERHEAD suplexes Omega onto Hangman! Stu climbs up, Uno runs, CANNONBALL and 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Omega survives and the Dark Order can’t believe it! The crowd is thunderous behind Omega as Uno tags back in. Uno drags Omega up as Stu climbs, but Omega fights out to foil Fatality! Uno bumps into Stu but blocks Omega’s kick. Uno gives the foot to the ref to hit Omega with a neckbreaker! Hangman gets in to boot, Uno blocks to JAB Hangman down!
Omega staggers up, but gets around Uno to SNAP DRAGON! But Stu still FIVE STAR FROG SPLASHES! He bounces off the cover for Hangman to run and LARIAT down! Uno boots Hangman to then ROCK him with a right. Uno runs into the POP-UP BOMB! Omega takes aim at Uno, BLINDSIDE V-TRIGGER! Cover, TWO!! Uno survives but Omega keeps his focus. Tag to Hangman, they want to end this! Slingshot, LAST CALL!! Cover, Omega and Hangman win!!
Winners: Hangman Page & Kenny Omega, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
Stu was a second too late and Brodie is furious! Brodie yanks Cabana off commentary and ushers him out. Cabana and Anna leave while Brodie turns back to Uno and Stu. “Are you kidding me?!” Brodie is not happy with his original members, and he SLAPS Uno with papers! Brodie grabs Stu by his face and pushes him. “Oh, Hangman, you think that’s funny?” Brodie sees his friends are here this time. Speaking of, the Bucks now move to ringside. Brodie “thanks” Omega for actually showing up tonight. Hangman must really appreciate that. You see, this is not all of The Dark Order. The Dark Order is everywhere, and they have strength in numbers. Hangman has pissed Brodie off for the last time, and now Hangman will pay.
They’re coming in from the crowd! It’s Number 5, Alan Angels! And the mysterious Numbers 8 and 9! We haven’t seen those two in weeks! Number 10, Preston Vance, also hops in, as we might finally have Numbers 6 and 7, too! Uno and Stu get back up, for an 8v4 advantage! Brodie laughs but FTR come out to even the odds! They SMASH Brodie with another one of those coolers! The brawl breaks loose, SUPERKICKS and fists flying everywhere! The Elite and FTR hold the ring as Brodie gets back up. The Dark Order regroups and Brodie is actually amused. Brodie has his Numbers stand down but he continues to mock Omega’s commitment. Will the Dark Order’s strength in numbers eventually win out against the rest of AEW?
Britt Baker speaks.
“I just want to address something very quickly, because I know Big Swole is in the Women’s Tag Team Tournament.” Britt saw the commercial like we did, and she knows the suspension doesn’t last forever. She’s not dumb, she’s a dentist. But Britt knows more than anything, Swole wants to get “her grimy hands” on Britt because Swole is obsessed with Britt. After some careful thinking, Britt being a role model, she will give Swole her shot at Britt. But only if Swole can beat an opponent of Britt’s choosing. Don’t forget, Swole, this is still Britt’s division. Who will Britt choose to face Big Swole in an attempt to teach her a lesson?
AEW takes a closer look at Diamante.
The Cuban Diamond has been busting her ass for 10 years on the independents. For an unsigned talent to get a win over the champion would send her straight to the top to be a contender. Diamante wants the rest of the Women’s Division to fear her since they will feel her! Diamante will get it done by any means necessary, because she has nothing to lose and everything to prove. “The pressure makes diamonds.” Will that pressure help Diamante gain the gold?
Hikaru Shida VS Diamante!
The Samurai of Stardom is just one win away from being the first woman in AEW’s 20 Club! Will she get it off the determined Cuban Diamond?
The bell rings and Shida offers a handshake, but Diamante pie faces her instead! Shida goes after Diamante and they end up on the ropes. The ref counts, Shida lets off but Diamante turns things around to CHOP Shida! Diamante goes to chop again but Shida dodges to fire off forearms! Shida knees, whips, but Diamante blocks the clothesline to throw Shida down by her hair! Shida kips up, Diamante CHOPS her back down! Diamante rains down left hands, Shida pushes her off and throws hands of her own. They continue to scrap to the apron and then the floor. Diamante runs but Shida fireman’s carry to put Shida on the railing! Shida runs and KNEES Diamante down! The crowd fires up as Shida drags Diamante up and in.
Shida climbs the corner as Diamante gets up. Shida leaps to missile dropkick Diamante down! Cover, TWO, but Shida throws big haymakers! Shida sits Diamante up to DECK her again! And again! Shida drags Diamante up but Diamante hits back! Diamante throws more forearms but Shida gives them back. The two brawl, back and forth, fast and furious! Diamante kicks low, whips, but Shida slips around to suplex. Diamante slips out, waistlocks and spins to forearm! Shida forearms back then KNEES Diamante down! The crowd fires up for Shida as she has Diamante on the apron. Shida climbs up, brings Diamante around but Diamante resists the dead lift. Diamante throws hands to hotshot Shida down!
Diamante has Shida in the corner for CHOPS! Shida hits back but Diamante CHOPS more and more and more! The ref counts, Diamante lets up to then bring Shida back up. Shida shoves Diamante away, Diamante comes back with a wheelbarrow to the STUNNER! Cover, ONE!! Diamante grows frustrated but she drags Shida back up. Diamante talks smack, hops on but Shida pops her off. Diamante mule kicks Shida down then talks more trash. She drags Shida back up, hops on, but the sunset bomb ends up just a flip, and Shida ends up in ropes! No cover and Diamante is annoyed. Shida flounders up into a KNEE! Diamante drags Shida up but Shida throws body shots. Shida suplexes and holds Diamante for 10 before the FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!?!
Shida won’t stay shocked, she powers up and runs, to SHINING WIZARD! Cover, Shida wins!
Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall
And there’s number 20! Shida continues to shine, but got one hell of a fight out of Diamante. Diamante may not have won the match, but did she just earn herself a contract with AEW?
AEW explains the rules of the Women’s Tag Team Cup Tournament: The Deadly Draw!
The tournament is a RANDOM draw to assign teams! The participants will draw colors from an assortment, thereby color coding teams. These selections are final and cannot be appealed! Who will have the luck of the draw to create the ultimate team? Who goes all the way to win the Women’s Tag Team Cup trophy? This tournament starts this Monday on AEW’s YouTube!
Backstage interview with Nyla Rose and Vickie Guerrero!
Having heard the Deadly Draw announcement, Dasha asks who the Native Beast and her new manager are looking forward to having as a tag partner. Vickie answers for Nyla by saying it doesn’t matter! That trophy is as good as theirs! So if you’ll excuse her, Nyla draws. She is on the purple team. Nyla likes purple. And wouldn’t you know, someone else has already drawn purple! It’s the new addition to AEW, Cameron! Or as she’s now known as, Arian. She’s back in wrestling, #GirlHi. Will Team Purple be able to coexist and take the cup? Or will it be #GirlBye the moment the Funcadactyl messes up?
Wardlow knocks on MJF’s door.
Maxwell Jacob Friedman walks out, admires his very politician style poster, “We Deserve Better as an AEW Champion,” gets fed a stick of gum by an assistant, and signs a form. Wardlow accompanies MJF to gorilla and out on stage. MJF has a presidential style seal on a podium as he waves to the crowd. AEW goes picture in picture as the entrance continues, no secret sweepstakes hashtag here apparently.
MJF says hi to commentary, but then gets hand sanitizer after shaking hands. And that’s probably not just a #StaySafeStayHealthy thing, either. MJF kisses a “baby” but also needs mouthwash for that. Again, probably not because of current circumstances, MJF just doesn’t like babies. MJF takes pictures with a “fan” wearing his button, and then admires one of his political signs. AEW goes to break as MJF finishes up the rounds, what will he have to say for his “State of the Industry Address?”
AEW returns and MJF has made it to his podium. MJF thanks the booing crowd for being here, and he thanks Tony Khan for giving MJF this time to speak to the marks- er, uh, people. MJF wants us to be honest, though. Wrestling fans aren’t that bright, but fortunately, he has “an exorbitant amount of time to force feed you all with knowledge like a 5-year-old being fed Mac ‘n’ Cheese.” The assistant tells him to stick to the notes. Right, sorry, honey. But please smile, you look much better that way. Moving on to the speech. “Before I start this speech, I would like to implore you, our AEW fans who we are so grateful for,” to use the following hashtags on social media. #MJF2020, #NotMyChampion. We will all find out why in a moment’s time, please bear with him.
MJF says that right now, the fans are probably shocked to see him on Dynamite two weeks in a row, instead of on the sidelines with all the bench warmers. Doing great, by the way, guys. MJF is sure the fans see his point and wonder why that happens to him. MJF will tell us why. “The reason I’m never spotlighted two weeks in a row is because a certain individual is afraid of being upstaged two weeks in a row.” That is why MJF says it is time for a change in leadership! Change: a powerful word. MJF remembers when AEW first started, men were calling for change. One man in particular called for a “paradigm shift.” That man called for out with the old and in with the new. MJF isn’t sure about the fans, but to him, a guy on top of the card who gets to do what he wants, say what he wants and face only who he wants “simply because he came from the place of ‘titans,'” isn’t new. That’s old hat, brother.
AEW quickly went from being a wrestling revolution to an unfortunate dictatorship. That is why Jon Moxley is #NotMyChampion! MJF cannot tell a lie, and will not stand here and pretend Moxley isn’t one of the greatest wrestlers this sport has ever seen. However, it is “high time that we as a society have an honest discussion about all the negative side effects that have occurred every since the Moxley reign has started.” Wrestling is on the marquee, and yet where is it? All MJF sees is a bunch of great wrestlers coming out to the ring and perform gymnastics, “flip, flop ‘n’ fly and-or almost DIE in an attempt to make you, the viewers, think they’re good at their job.” But he doesn’t blame the fans, because they were brainwashed into thinking that’s what good pro-wrestling is. That brainwashing starts all the way at the top.
“That is why, Jonathon, a world champion is supposed to lead by example. He is not supposed to let his roster mates come out here and play-wrestle, and he’s damn sure not supposed to come out here and cosplay as a specific wrestler, and that’s a stone cold fact.” MJF doesn’t have to play wrestler because he is one. He is undefeated, the first and the last MJF. You know what he isn’t? A media analyst. Yet, everyone wants to pretend to be because people want to talk about ratings! That is why “Dictator Jon” is treated so well! It all comes down to the value of his name! “Because where on Earth would the numbers lie without Dictator Jon, right?! Wrong.” On average, the one who draws better minute to minute is MJF! Did you not know that? That’s because Dictator Jon doesn’t want you to!
According to Dictator Jon, MJF is not on his level so why should he have to deal with MJF? How dare you! AEW is the land of opportunity but Moxley has squandered that! That is why they need a new guard, since the old guard has been running the planet for centuries, and look where it’s gotten us! War, famine, disease! The planet is dying and so are our morals, and so here we are! Moxley runs the show, and the infrastructure is falling and falling fast. MJF vows to catch this company, throw it on his back and carry it up the steep terrain all the way to the top! MJF’s talent outweighs Moxley’s tenure! MJF is AEW! MJF bleeds black, white and gold! MJF is the guy who will lead this company for the next 25 YEARS!! “Do the math and grab a calculator.”
That is why MJF will “not stop until we go from happily glad-handing for being ‘the alternative,’ and transform this brand into the pinnacle of professional wrestling!” That much the crowd can get behind. MJF challenges for the AEW World Championship for ALL OUT!! #WeDeserveBetter! But will MJF’s AEW truly be better?
AEW announces matches and segments for next week!
After the sudden attack and the subsequent save, Code Rhodes teams with Matt Cardona against The Dark Order’s Silver & Reynolds! Will the American Nightmare and #StrongIsland shut down the Beaver Boys? Woo woo woo, you know it! MJF also promises to continue his “campaign” with an update of sorts, but what more will he have to say in just a week’s time? And if you thought tonight’s 5v5 was big, The Dark Order takes on The Elite and FTR in a TWELVE MAN TAG!! Brodie Lee leads Uno, Stu, Angels, mean green Number 9 and even Colt Cabana against the Young Bucks, Omega, Page, Wheeler and Harwood! All this and more for AEW “Super Wednesday!”
No Disqualification Tornado Tag: Jon Moxley & Darby Allin VS Brian Cage & Ricky Starks w/ Taz!
The Maniac and the Undead Daredevil unite again, and this time it is to take on The Machine and Absolute to settle scores from the last few weeks. Will Moxley and Darby be enough to stop The Path of Cage?
But while Darby’s music plays, he doesn’t appear. Moxley makes his entrance from the crowd as always, but surely even he has to be worried something’s already happened to Darby. Is this about to become a No Disqualification Handicap match? Taz talks and mocks Moxley with, “Where’s your skateboard buddy?” Ricky Starks beat the living sh*t out of him and Darby couldn’t come back tonight? Moxley is going to be bounced around the ring the FTW Champion! Look at the deltoids! The traps! He’s got biceps like hammers and triceps like pistons! Then there’s “the always smooth,” Ricky Starks. Taz passes the mic and Starks says you are looking at Absolute! No one better, with Cage as the exception.
Starks is young, handsome, successful, “basically everything your baby mama wishes you were.” Speaking frankly, that is why Starks was recruited by Taz. Taz saw Starks has something different than Mox and Darby. “So when a man who choked out an Olympic gold medalist tells me to go get ’em, well guess what, baby? I got ’em.” That is no different than what happens tonight! Darby is the enigma, he’s mysterious~! Well Starks figured out that you dress like Pigpen and you wrestle like a crash test dummy, and there’s a huge stark contrast between them. That is why they can try to go against Cage or Starks, but when you try hard, you die hard! They’re gonna dig two graves tonight! Is this all but a forgone conclusion for Team Taz?
But speaking of, as Team Taz makes their entrance, Darby Allin COFFIN DROPS from the rafters!! Darby takes them both down and Moxley joins him on stage! Taz claims it was a trap, and maybe it was, but the brawl is on!
Cage turns things around and throws Moxley down the ramp. Darby stomps Starks as Cage kicks Moxley to ringside. Cage bumps Mox off the apron while Starks is floundering. Cage bumps Moxley off barriers then rocks him with a right hand. Darby clubs Starks on the ramp, Starks shoves him and clotheslines him into the ring! Starks goes after Darby but Darby kicks him back out! Moxley and Cage brawl, Moxley CHOPS and CHOPS but Cage ROUNDHOUSES! Darby PESCADOS at Cage but bounces off! Cage scoops Darby, does some curls, but Moxley DIVES! Cage goes down and the crowd fires up! Moxley helps Darby up and they start looking under the ring. Out comes a trash can! Moxley sets the can down as AEW goes picture in picture, #MoxDarbyCageStarks.
Moxley brings Cage around while Darby is on the apron, Starks intercepts Darby with a SPEAR! Mox shoves Cage away to KNEE Starks down in return. Moxley drags Starks up but Cage SMASHES Mox with the trash can! Cage boots Moxley down, Starks shakes out the cobwebs and Team Taz drag Moxley into the ring. Starks stomps Darby down and this match finally has a real start! Cage clubs Moxley and Starks adds stomps. Cage throws more forearms then whips Moxley corner to corner. Moxley hits buckles hard and falls back but Team Taz looms over him. Cage drags Moxley up, throws more forearms, and even CHOPS! Starks clubs Mox, but Moxley fights back! Moxley forearms and chops but runs into double elbows! Darby returns to missile dropkick Cage!
Darby baits Starks in, boots him, then jumps over to shotgun dropkick Starks down! Darby goes to the apron with Starks but Starks POSTS him! Moxley returns to grab Starks while he air guitars! Sleeper hold through the ropes! But Cage clubs Mox from behind! Cage scoops Moxley but Darby is up top and leaps! The seated senton doesn’t even make Cage wobble! Cage gives them the POWERSLAM POWERBOMB COMBO! But Cage doesn’t cover, he wants to hurt these guys. Cage kicks Moxley out, drags Darby up and AEW returns to single picture. Cage rams his shoulder into Darby at the corner, then brings him around for a GERMAN SUPLEX into Starks’ Edge-o-matic! Starks covers, TWO!! Darby survives so Starks stomps him down!
Cage drags Darby up and coordinates with Starks. Starks runs but into Moxley’s chair shot! Moxley throws forearms on Cage, then runs, into an uppercut! Cage runs, Moxley knees low! Moxley runs into Cage’s BOOT! Cage has Darby but Darby slips around to Throwback Stunner! Starks SPEARS Darby again! Starks runs into Moxley’s knee and CUTTER! But Moxley turns around into Cage’s DISCUS LARIAT! All four men are down and the crowd is fired up! Even Taz likes what he sees as Cage stands up first. Cage drags Moxley up, suplexes but Mox slips out. Cage elbows back, runs but Moxley ducks to get around, SNAP GERMAN! Moxley drags Cage up, PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO!! ARMBAR! Cage clasps hands, Stars KNEES Moxley down! Cover, TWO!
Starks rains down palm strikes on Moxley then stomps him. Cage goes out and brings in a trash can! Starks grabs the can, puts it in place, and brings Moxley around. Cage helps out to double suplex but Moxley blocks! Moxley fires body shots, runs into a SUPERKICK from Cage! Cage and Starks both Alabama lift Moxley for a DOUBLE ALABAMA SLAM onto the trash can! Cover, Darby breaks it in time! Starks rains down rights on Darby then kicks him. Starks drags Darby up, Team Taz double whip him to a corner, but Darby dodges Starks’ spear to POST him! Cage runs into boots, Darby runs into a pop-up! Cage tosses Darby but Mox saves him from the buckles! Darby boots Cage, Moxley kicks low, underhook and Darby climbs, COFFIN DROP PARADIGM SHIFT!! Moxley DIVES onto Starks! Darby covers Cage, TWO!!!
Cage survives and Taz freaks out on commentary. Darby has the crashed can and SMASHES it on Cage’s bad arm! Cage gets out of the ring, Darby follows but fetches something from under the ring. He has his skateboard, with all the tacks on the bottom! Starks hurries over but gets JAMMED with the edge! Darby goes up top with his board but Cage anchors him. Moxley hits a Drive By Dropkick, and gets the arm! Moxley has Cage anchored with the armbar, Darby aims at Starks, SKATEBOARD TACK ATTACK!! Cover, Darby and Moxley win!!
Winners: Darby Allin & Jon Moxley, by pinfall
Starks absolutely BLEEDS from his back as he and Cage are outsmarted and outdone by Darby and the Death Rider! Taz has to accept this because it was No Disqualifications. But will he accept this as the end of the war? Or just one battle of many? As for Darby and Moxley, the AEW World Championship is going to be on the line next week as Moxley faces Darby! Will these two go to new extremes as they go from allies to adversaries?
Another great episode of AEW, but there is clearly something that happened, or rather didn’t happen, that really hurts the quality of the show and AEW as a whole. Hikaru Shida VS Diamante was advertised on both AEW Dark and AEW social media as an AEW Women’s World Championship match. I’m not the only one who saw it, other wrestling sites saw the announcement, too. Of course, the tweet announcing it is gone, as if to hide the evidence, but it’s too late, we all saw it. It really bummed me out when the match was just a normal match, and not all that much of one, either. I almost have to think the advertising wasn’t a mistake so much as showing their hand for plans they have in the coming weeks and they got the timing wrong.
Another thing that wasn’t exactly to my liking was MJF doing a political shtick. Now, the promo MJF gave was still great because he is a great talker. He makes points I’ve heard before, and his points are fairly valid. And admittedly, his presidential seal looks good, too. I feel like this all would’ve worked even better if he was aiming for Cody, but at the same time, MJF aiming for the top is very MJF of him. Moxley, Darby, Cage and Starks have a great No DQ main event, and I suppose it makes a lot of sense for Darby to get the finish so he gets his revenge. Mox VS Darby for the title next week will be great stuff, but definitely expect Wardlow and MJF to show up to make a point of MJF wanting the title match for All Out.
I was pleasantly surprised to see the 5v5 start the night, it was a lot of wild fun, and it works for Cassidy and company to win to extend the story. Jericho referencing politics with the debate next week is apparently a sign this is how AEW is going to do things for a minute, because 2020 being the big election year. Again, not really my thing but Jericho trying to get Cassidy to talk about anything is actually a pretty good idea. Their rematch set for 8/12 is going to be great, too, happy to see that. Matt Hardy and Sammy Guevara aren’t through with each other, and I wouldn’t mind seeing Sammy bring Proud ‘n’ Powerful along to take on Hardy Party so that the story between Private Party and Matt Hardy can also progress at the same time.
FTR signing their “official” contracts was a good segment, it really pushes that tease of AEW’s Four Horsemen with Arn being in FTR’s corner and now Hangman being a drinking buddy. The tag title match was great, Omega and Page retain without dysfunction, and now bringing the Dark Order further into the story is great. That 6v6 is going to be wild. Cody Rhodes VS Warhorse was great stuff, though it was pretty clear Cody would retain. The great surprise is Matt Cardona, aka Zack Ryder, making a debut by saving Cody! It seems The Dark Order VS The Elite (and friends) is the next feud and that’s really great. I’m glad we got to see Anna Jay again, even if she was just standing their in her sequin mask. She could bring The Dark Order into the Women’s Division, especially with the Deadly Draw and the tag tournament coming.
Speaking of that tournament, Nyla Rose getting Arian/Cameron as a partner could actually turn out pretty good for both of them. Arian is returning to televised wrestling so she’ll get some shine literally tagging along with a monster Heel like Nyla. And if Nyla’s team is going to lose, it’ll be because Arian takes the loss to keep Nyla strong. I feel like “fate” will keep the Nightmare Sisters, Brandi Rhodes and Allie, together for them to go far, but there could still be the betrayal we’ve all been anticipating. Britt Baker calls out Swole, but who is she going to have Swole face if Nyla is busy with the tag tournament? I suddenly fear it might be Abadon… Either way, Swole has to win that so that she and Britt can have an All Out match.
My Score: 9/10